Responsibility in the Thought of Lord Salisbury, Auberon Herbert, and William Hurrell Mallock
One part of the conservative tradition sees the state as a powerful agency of responsible change, while another part of the conservative tradition prefers a minimalist state to safeguard individual freedom and sets its sights on a "property-owning democracy," low taxation, and civil society (what the British have termed the "Big Society" as opposed to a "Big State") that emphasizes personal and family responsibility. This colloquium examined some of the historical influences on conservative thought.
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